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Why can't I ping the IP address of my Win XP desktop?

This is regarding peer to peer connectivity between Windows XP Pro and Windows 2000 Pro. I created a peer to peer networking using a D-link cable/DSL router with a print server. From the Win XP desktop, I can ping the IP addresses of the router and the Win2k desktop. I cannot ping the IP address of the Win XP desktop from the Win2k desktop. It is timing out. I can ping the IP address of the router. Both desktops can access the Internet and both can access the printer through the print server of the router. What may be the problem?

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Have you enabled the Windows XP Firewall? By default, an XP machine that is firewall-enabled cannot be pinged from another machine, since all incoming ICMP packets are dropped by the firewall software.

This was first published in May 2004

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